Eric Peters: 2017 Mercedes AMG GLE 63 S new car review

By Eric Peters You make the rules, we’ll find new ways around them. That could be AMG’s motto and maybe is . . . unofficially. The Rhinoceros Thing you see before you is somehow fully compliant with every government reg; and yet… well, just look at it. Al Gore does not approve. But it’s all – […]

Eric Peters: Old school economy: Chevy Chevette (1976-1987)

Eric Peters: Old school economy: Chevy Chevette (1976-1987)

By Eric Peters In some ways, the Chevy Chevette had a lot in common with a new Mercedes – or similar high-end luxury car. It wasn’t, for openers, front-wheel-drive. Like the Benz, the ‘Vette was rear-wheel-drive. Theoretically, it could do a burnout. And if the road was wet, you could! Or, if you put something else […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Mini new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Mini new car review

By Eric Peters The latest Mini is bigger  – and slightly smaller engined. Usually, that’s a recipe for slower – and drinks more gas. Would you believe (best Maxwell Smart voice) this one also  goes faster – and uses less gas? Now, the Mini is not perfect. Which I will get into below. But it’s […]

Eric Peters: Cheap gas… worthless dollars

Eric Peters: Cheap gas… worthless dollars

By Eric Peters Did you know that gas is cheaper now than it was 50 years ago? It may not feel it . . . but: Find an inflation calculator; for example the federal government’s Bureau of Labor statistics Consumer Price Index calculator (here). Select 1965 as your starting year. Enter 30 cents – the […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Tacoma new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Tacoma new car review

By Eric Peters If you miss reasonable-sized trucks – what 1500 series trucks used to be before Codpiece Fever overtook the country – you might want to have a look at a “mid-sized” truck like the 2017 Tacoma. Would you be shocked, Geraldo-style, to discover that a 2017 Tacoma Access Cab with a six foot […]

Eric Peters: Apocalypse avoided?

Eric Peters: Apocalypse avoided?

By Eric Peters If this one thing happens, electing Trump will have been worth the bother. It’s actually two things. Trump’s EPA will be “revisiting” the Obama EPA’s last-minute fuel efficiency and emissions fatwas, hurriedly ululated just two weeks before the end of the Obama EPA. It might just prevent a catastrophe worse than the […]

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW X1 new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW X1 new car review

By Eric Peters Size no longer matters. Well, size can be deceiving. Sometimes, a smaller-on-the-outside vehicle has more room inside than a larger-on-the-outside vehicle. The BMW X1, for instance. It is BMW’s smallest crossover SUV but it has about the same (slightly more, actually) interior space as the significantly larger-on-the-outside BMW X3. Which is . . . […]

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW 740e hybrid new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW 740e hybrid new car review

By Eric Peters Six figure hybrids make sense like trying to lose weight by having a glass of water with your biggie order of onion rings and triple patty cheeseburger. Maybe it helps a little. But then, the thing to understand is that it’s not about making sense. It’s about politics. About having to build […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Ford Escape new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Ford Escape new car review

By Eric Peters Did you know that after the F-150 pick-up, Ford’s best-selling model is . . . the Escape? This is quite something given that unlike the F-truck, which only has to compete against two major and a small handful of minor rivals, there are at least a dozen compact-sized crossover SUVs in the […]

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